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A Guide to Berlin Summary
Vladimir Nabokov

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Introduction

Published in a Russian emigre newspaper in Berlin on Christmas Eve, 1925, "A Guide to Berlin" is among Vladimir Nabokov's earliest literary works and an unusual demonstration of his mastery of the storyteller's craft. Modeled loosely on a tourist's guide book to a foreign city, the story shows an unnamed narrator briefly observing and commenting on everyday aspects of Berlin life. Unburied utility pipes, an antiquated streetcar and its nimble conductor, glimpses of Berliners at work, a tour of the city's zoo, and an illuminating moment in a pub become a rumination on the power of memory and art to preserve and transform everyday life.

Although in 1930 Nabokov claimed that "A Guide to Berlin" was the best story in his collection The Return of Chorb (1929), it was not until he had established his reputation with such novels as Lolita (1955) and Pale Fire (1962)—and had translated, with his son, "A...

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